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CSPAN
Mar 27, 2011 9:30pm EDT
your way. a public service created by america's cable companies. >> our series of interviews with likely g.o.p. candidates continues with former pennsylvania senator rick santorum. we'll talk to him about his political career. when he began thinking of running for president and why. what issues he thinks are important in the 2010 campaign. states rights and health care. his views on abortion. church views on state. and his views on catholocism. this is about 50 minutes. >> when did you decide you had to get involved? >> the same motor vague as a lot of the tea party people. i thought this was a tipping point. if obama care took over the health care system, america as i was given it, as my grandfather and father came to this country that place would no longer exist. i went out started talking and working on campaigns and helping people around the country and trying to stir people up and provide a message, and i got a lot of feedback saying, hey you should think of doing this again, running for something. just again, kept walking down the path. i found out by the way when i went to
CSPAN
Mar 27, 2011 6:30pm EDT
was a tipping point. if the government took over the health-care system, america as we know it, as my grandfather and father came to this country, that place with no longer exist. i just went out and started talking and working on campaigns and helping people around the country trying to stir people up and provide a message. i got a lot of feedback saying you should think about doing this again running for something. i find out what i went to iowa, c-span covered my speech. other folks started to pay attention and they said you are running for president. i said i'm just going around the states trying to help out. in some respects, i kept going back to iowa, new hampshire, and south carolina, because every time i did, i got covered. that's why did it. i wanted to be heard. i was encouraged by people in those states to start thinking about it. that is how this happened, really by accident. >> you are quick to point out you are not a tea party guy. >> i'm not -- cannot not going to claim the metal bat i'm -- i am not going to claim the mantle live in a tea party. they were brought out be
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